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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,374
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 205
Gots: 256 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

Fuller's London Porter is an award-winning example of this historic English style; smooth and creamy with delicious chocolate and coffee flavors derived from the roasted malt.

The griffin Brewery is Chiswick, London, has brewing fine ales since 1654.

The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning beers, many of which are available in the U.S. including London Pride pale ale and the Old's original ESB.
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Photo of DogFood11
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best on date is 14 Jan '06. I'm sampling on 18 Jan '06. No big deal at all as it tastes fine as far as freshness. Really excited to review this as I've neglected it for years.

A chocolatey aroma slowly rolls out of the glass as I pour this dark brown to black brew. Lacing is sparing and sporadic, white head that fades to a small centered island.

Rich, rich brew...chocolate is a big part. roasted malts, and a fairly large hop bitterness in the middle. Its an amazing beer in that the taste is pretty complex and rich yet the mouthfeel is lighter and very drinkable. I could see sessioning this if the situation was right.

Notes: This is a nicely done to say the least. You must try this at least once, more for taste than for the whole package. (759 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber appearance with not too much head. Roasted chestnut aroma. The flavor kind of falls flat for us. The roasted nutty malted flavor and creaminess are apparent and taste great but without much depth or many nuances. It seems to not go the distance. Good beer but there are others that are more complete. Drinkability is also great as well as the finish. It finished a bit sweeter and it's flavor stayed strong. (418 characters)

Photo of BadBadger
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice dark color out of the bottle, approaching black but not there. The smell is faintly of malts. The head is nice and foamy but very short lived. The taste is malty, in a dissapointingly singular way. A nice example of a porter to give a try but not worthy of searching out. (289 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

London Porter pours a dark brown cola color. Light easily slices through revealing nice ruby highlights. A gorgeous mocha tan head covers it and stands a couple of fingers tall. It receded slowly and left a light, but sticky lacing lining the glass.

The nose is underpowered and a little lacking. Roasted malts are easily the strongest scent. Chocolate malts give it a light cocoa aroma and round it its malty characteristics. They're not a bad mix, just on the weak side. Roasted coffee or espresso is a secondary feature, but it adds a lot to the nose and drives it above average. There's a lingering graininess to it. All in all, it's easily above average. Just a little more strength would help.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. Roasted and chocolate malts give it a nice, flavorful kickoff. Roasted malts are stronger. The chocolate variety's a little bittersweet. Coffee does complement the malty flavors well and proves to be the force behind the flavor as a whole. It's a little acidic toward the end. Grain and barley flavors permeate. It can't be characterized as deep or complex, but it is a fine tasting English Porter. The flavors come through stronger than the nose would suggest and it's impressive overall.

It has a light body that feels too thin. Carbonation feels light, but doesn't really help smooth it out much. It's just doesn't have enough body to satisfy. Pretty average in that respect. Drinkability, on the other hand, is above average. London Porter goes down easy and has a good flavor. There's not enough to entertain me for an entire night. But, there's enough to get by for a beer or two.

London Porter's a very solid English Porter. If you're looking for a pretty flavorful beer that's easy to toss back, you've come to the right place. To be honest, it's not quite as good as I expected. I anticipated more flavor, depth, and character. But, it's a pretty well put together beer for the style. Perhaps I'm just not the biggest English Porter fan. Well worth checking out in any event. (2,033 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 330 ml. brown bottle and claiming to be 'Rich, Dark & Complex'. Shows a deep brown in color with some deep mahogany highlights, and supports a somewhat resilient cap of tan foam.

Offers a clean and nutty nose, with hazelnut and coffee notes prominent along with some roasted/charred malts. Good but a bit one sided to rally too much of a score.

Flavor is likewise pleasant but a bit too middle of the road. Smoked malt notes are quite notable and with just a hint of fruit piercing through. Solid feel, slightly viscous in nature and with a creamy finish. Drinkability is kept in check for me by the smoky but simple finish. Bottom line: Rich, check; Dark, check; Complex, I don't think so. (725 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark molasses with a moderate tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: Dark, roasted malts with some chocolate. A hint of dark molasses. No discernible hop bitterness. Bits of toffee.

T: Much like the smell, with the sweeter toffee and chocolate elements coming to the front.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Not nearly the best porter I've ever had. Definitely prefer the ESB and the 1845 to this. Overall, a good English brew. (461 characters)

Photo of Pamola
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a can of this at a local store. I hadn't seen any new Fuller's on the shelves around here, so I snagged one.

A: Poured from a non-widget can into an imperial pint glass. Pinkie finger tall tight head, with a looser, bubbly top. Dark, dark auburn, nearly opaque.

S: Sweet malt and nutty. Slightly smoky bitterness as well.

T: Nice restrained caramel with nutty and roasty elements. Little on the weak side. I expect a little more flavor and oomph from any kind of porter.

M: Little too empty for me. Smoothness I can expect in a porter, but this was just on the weak side.

D: Would certainly be a great session brew. Drinkable, tasty, with no real glaring flaws. (672 characters)

Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown to almost amber color. 95% opaque. Head formation is light, and white in color. Only leaves behind a film. Little hazing is detected.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts - light sweetness overall. Some yeast spice. No hopping or off scents detected.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness with only a hint of roasted chocolate malts. Mid-stream starts to show a bitterness, building to a balanced flavor. No hopping detected. Finishes with a more direct hit of bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is light, but almost seems more yeasty than malt.

M - Moderate body - could be a lean towards the thin side. Not an attribute I would want in my EP.

D - Easy drinking beer, flavors are well integrated and not overbearing. ABV is manageable. Roasted malts due become a bit tiring. (830 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 29/AUG/05
Served in a Nonik

Poured with a thick frothy tan head, but faded to just some whisping. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty light carbonation. Dark chocolate, mild roasted coffee, maybe some prunish notes in the nose. No hops. I get the chocolate and coffee flavor also, but in the end it has this undesireable something that I find in most Fullers brews. Its pretty think in the mouth, and the finish stick with you for a bit.

Not a bad beer, but I won’t search it out again. Wouldn’t turn it away either. (541 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A--Pours a very deep shade of brown in my Dogfish Head signature glass. I thought I gave it a careful pour, but within seconds an out of control four finger head billowed up and made me abruptly stop the pour. This usually only happens with Belgians for me...oops. Some lacing is left in spots.

S--Smell is sweet dark malts, nuts, spices, clove, cocoa. Nice and complex, and somewhat unique.

T--Sweet roasted malts make up most of the flavor profile, some coffee bitterness emerges. Hmm...have to say that I am underwhelmed (seems to be the norm for me with porters). There is really not even much for me to describe here. Its a nice porter but "nice" is about it

M--On the heavier side of medium bodied

D--This just doesn't do it for me, it's solid but I don't really care to have any more (794 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple of bottles of LP recently; bottle reviewed on 31.01.07 was a BB of 01/12/07.

Appearence was fairly lifeless very dark brown brew with ruby tinge in the light. Precious little tan head that disappeared quickly.
Smell was decent; slight bitter coffee grounds.
Tasted better; slightly bitter roast malt with dark chocolate evident.
Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly syrupy.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. I was expecting so much more, given the reputation the brew enjoys. A good solid stout. (528 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely brackish black/brown with a creamy puffy light tan head. Lots of retention and solid lacing.

Smells weakly of cofee and toasted almond.

Tastes like a good porter should. Doesn't try to overwhelm you. Lots of subtle coffee and light chocolate notes. Lightly hopped, finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is moderate with the carbonation being in the back where it belongs.

Very very drinkable. Goes down like liquid silk. (443 characters)

Photo of Ardon
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black, purple hues.
Smell: Raisin, malt.
Taste: Raisin, bitter dark chocolate, dry coffee bean finish.
Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation, syrupy.
Drinkability: Would get a bit bored after a couple.

Notes: Not a bad drink, but doesn't compare to the Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. (295 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour, almost black, with a fizzy tan head that won't hang around. Some moderate lace from the film that's left.

Big solid nose full of chocolate, coffee, molasses and alcohol. Smells like some serious drinkin'.

Solid malt and coffee flavors with a roasted character. Powdery dry chocolate cocoa finish. (313 characters)

Photo of dude
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and opaque. Aromas of charcoal smoke and black olives. Taste is initially of chocolate, followed by coffee and finishes with a lingering bitter and smoky aftertaste. There's a metallic aftertaste that goes away after a couple of sips. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good drinkability although I have had better porters. (325 characters)

Photo of WGO
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, crimson red when held to light. Attractive creamy head.
Aroma is forest floor with light smoky finish. Touches of burnt malt.
Taste is oaty, smoky, rich black forest gateaux.
Mouthfeel nice and creamy with a dry finish.
Overall a nice example of an English porter. (276 characters)

Photo of MadTown1000
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving - From a pint-plus can, into a wide-mouthed glass. This comes in a big can - the glass can hold a canned Guinness or Beamish, but I need to drink about a inch's worth before I can empty this can into it.

Appearance - It sure looks like a porter. Almost black, but in the light you can see a little bit of very dark ruby red around the edges. Bubbles form down the sides of the glass and dissipate upwards towards about 3/4" of foam that forms on top and stays there.

Smell - Out of the can, a strong smell of very dark chocolate. Out of the glass, the same smell but much fainter.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability - That dark chocolate from the smell is definitely there in the taste as well. It's got a little bit of hop bitterness that I don't really think belongs there. Also some notable fizziness on the tongue that keeps it from being silky smooth like a lot of my favorite porters. The flavor lingers for a long time in the back of the mouth.

Overall - In dark beers, I'll go for a brown ale for something malty and nutty, a stout for something rich and smooth, and a porter for something sweeter and warming. This is clearly a quality beer, but it doesn't really hit any of those marks - it's sort of a porter crossed with a red ale. Probably won't be buying it again, although I'll be quite happy to finish up the 4-pack. (1,338 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown in color. Deep red when it's held up to the light. When held to the light, this beer also reveals it's brilliant clarity. Tan colored head faded rather quickly into a thin lace. Minimal head retention.

Typical aroma for the style....roasted malts and ripe fruit, but it's rather tame overall.

Good mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a slight hop bite. Finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, yet somehow....it's still kind of creamy. Nice low level carbonation.

I could have a few in a sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: This particular bottle had a best by date of last month, but I'm a little let down by this beer. I would take an Anchor, SN, or Taddy over this in a heartbeat. That being said, it's still pretty decent. (749 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque black. moussy tan head, eventually drops to a splotchy cap. Leaves some decent lace.

S - wonderful aroma of mocha, like a lucious truffle. Mild sweetness, with a hint of fruit.

T - figgy dark malt upfront, smooth burnt finish. Flavours develop as it warms.

M - medium-thin body, smooth, low carbonation.

D - A fine porter to be sure, but to be honest, I've had better.

I haven't had a bottle of this in a long time, so I decided to give it another go. It's not quite as good as I remembered, or maybe I've just drank lots of great beer in between! It's a little one dimensional and I wish it had more body. I had a pint of Bushwakker Palliser Porter last night, and it was better than this. (706 characters)

Photo of budsboy
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle given to me as a sample at my local brew store (another good reason to support the local guys). Bottle embossed with "independent family brewers." I like the sound of that. Best before date 11/04.

Poured a deep brown with touch of blood red, full straw-colored head with a bit of lacing.

Smell is coffee, strong and dark. Some malt there and more coffee in the back of the throat. This would be an excellent brew to get a coffee drinker started on the micros.

Taste is strong coffee just like grandpa used to make. Bitter finish, some chocolate in there as well. Pretty much what you'd expect after getting a whif of the stuff. It gets better as it warms. Last of the stuff was more bitter chocolate and espresso that coffee.

Full- to medium-bodied. Very reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout in mouthfeel and drinkability.

Fairly lightweight porter, but an elegant, restrained beer. A great nightcap. I'll get some more of this stuff -- I'll even pay for it this time. (996 characters)

Photo of jman892
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. One finger head that fades quickly leaving an off white film. Moderate amount of lacing

S - Malts, cocoa powder, very faint coffee grinds

T - Taste is balanced with no one flavor standing out above all others. Molasses, chocolate, some type of nuttiness all mix together. Brown sugar sweetness emerges as it warms

M - Relatively thin mouthfeel, prickly carbonation

D - Drinkability is good on this one. Dry finish makes me keep reaching for the next sip.

Nothing extreme but a very solid porter overall. (555 characters)

Photo of sliverX
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: review notes were taken during NYE dinner and brief
poored a medium brown with ruby hints shining through in the light, thin film like head
the smell was all malt from what I could detect
the taste (directly from my note which means I had a few to many Benchwarmer's) was like 3/4 Edmund Fitzgerald 1/4 water add to glass, drink
mouthfeel was light but pleasant, suspecting the English versions aren't as "heavy" as the American
very drinkable and easy to session, went well with my steak dinner (503 characters)

Photo of Folderol
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was quite pleased to find this stuff in (non-nitro) 16.9 oz cans. This is why I bought that Guinness pint glass!

Appearance was good, typical of a porter - dark but not opaque, I could see some light through the red-brown body. Nice tight 3/4" head, it looked almost like a nitro pour. Smell was roasty, bordering on stout.

What struck me about the taste is how much this reminded me of the Irish stouts. I gather that way way back when, Guinness draught was their version of porter, so that makes sense. Both brews have that astringent roasty flavor, but where Guinness tends toward a sour finish, Fuller's goes to astringent bitterness, something I associate with black malt. All in all a decent brew, but not as rich or sweet as I would like. (749 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch-black with a light brown head that dissipates quickly into a thin veil. Very little lacing. Smells sweet and malty, toasted grains, cocoa and espresso. Taste is full of chocolate, coffe, and dark roasted malts. There is a modest hop flavor but it's enough to provide balance. Light mouthfeel with smooth and light carbonation. A yummy porter that is fit to drink all night long. (390 characters)

Photo of John_Henry
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great porter. Pretty much what you would expect. My only concern is that this is a little thin, especially in comparison to the Kernel and a number of other exceptional porters I've had lately. That said, I would certainly have this again, and could even see myself having a session of it if it were on tap.

Overall, certainly worth a go, but not in the same league as the Kernel. (391 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.